Blog has been slow because I’ve been busy and haven’t had a lot to write about. That said, here are some jobs that are currently open:
The Sooke News Mirror needs a full-time reporter: “Our broad reach extends from East Sooke to Port Renfrew and everywhere in between. We are seeking a full-time reporter who would be responsible for sports coverage and community news. This position offers a solid grounding in community news and is a natural for anyone seeking a wide variety of experiences.” Submit by Dec. 21.
The Vanderhoof Omineca Express needs a reporter/editor to step into the intrepid shoes of Hannah Wright: “The successful candidate will be required to work independently in a one-person newsroom, however will also be part of a larger regional news team.” Submit by Jan. 3.
And if you really need some, any work, the Cowichan News Leader Pictorial needs a part-time, temporary reporter: “The position opens in January and offers a flexible schedule. It requires about 15 hours a week, with the possibility of additional hours as situations demand.” Submit clips and resume by Dec. 16
The Merritt Herald needs a reporter: “The successful applicant will work with the editor, with both responsible for all aspects of getting the newspaper to press — writing, editing, taking photographs and laying out pages using InDesign.” Closes Dec. 30.
Also, for what it’s worth, the Vancouver Sun needs a temporary copy editor and a permanent web copy editor. That reminds me: I read somewhere that copy editors have the lowest level of job satisfaction among journalists. Just sayin’.
J.P. Squire of the Kelowna Daily Courier is on the Ogopogo beat this week. Seems like someone saw some suspicious water spouts happening on the lake. He also reveals that, unusually, nobody has reported an Ogopogo sighting this year. By the way, the websites of the Courier and its sister paper, the Penticton Herald, are truly horrendous. Like 1997 bad. Sorry. Apparently some company called WEM-Tech claims responsibility for the site. If I was them, I wouldn’t.
Great story by Alex Cooper of the Revelstoke Times-Review on contrasting projections for the future of the mountain town. Some say the population will double, others disagree.
Frigid and dark Christmas parades can be a nightmare to shoot, but Castlegar News reporter Kim Magi and editor Robson Fletcher pulled off the treat and delivered a pretty good slide show.
Angela Treharne of the Fernie Free Press talks to a guy who was finally — yes, he has tried before — allowed to camp next to the Fernie Alpine Resort ski lift the night before opening day.
An engineer is warning that a “housing unit” will fall onto a business Kamloops street, according to a lawsuit dug up by Cam Fortems of the Kamloops Daily News.
Steve Kidd of the Penticton Western News writes about a new type of apple that doesn’t go brown. The apple was developed in neighbouring Summerland but is causing concern among B.C. fruit growers. Also in the Western News, Kristi Patton on a judge overruling a dead man’s will.
Did you know that if you t take a bottle of wine with you into Alberta this holiday season you’ll be breaking the law, a.k.a. smuggling? I do, thanks to Judie Steeves of the Kelowna Capital News.
This volleyball photo looks good on the Merritt Herald website. But it’s hard to tell because it’s so freaking small.
Locals give mixed reviews to the filming of a movie in the West Kootenay to Nelson Star reporter Greg Nesteroff. Also in the Star is this story about a lawyer and university professor convicted of fraud. Good story but no byline (although Nesteroff is credited for the photo).
Seen something else I should know about? Want to write a post? Have better photos than the Creative Commons Flickr pool ones I use? E-mail bclocalreporter(at)gmail.com.
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